I always love to get home and find a package addressed to The Ranting Chef. There are always goodies inside.
Inside were two packs of Look Oven Bags. I received a packet of 2 giant ones and another of 5 large bags. The giant ones are big enough for a whole ham or turkey, while the large ones fit your standard chicken or roast. To date I had only used oven bags that came with seasonings (pot roast).
So far, I have used two of the large sized bags. The first was a pork roast (look for the Tuscan Pork Roast recipe to come in the next few months).
The second use was also pork, but this time was Hungarian Goulash (also to post in the future). This one tested the ability to retain liquids through the cooking process as the bag had cups of liquid it needed to hold.
One of the biggest differences between these bags and the others I have used, is that these stay clear throughout the cooking process. The previous ones I’ve used turned brown, but it was easy to see how the insides were cooking. I could see how pink or brown the pork was without compromising the integrity of the bag.
They also retained the liquids very well. Even though they were boiling inside the bag, none escaped until I opened it or tilted it past the steam vents I had cut.
My Take: I thought they worked really well. The bags helped the meat to remain moist and juicy and the dishes I baked them in had no baked-on residue that I had to spend a lot of time scrubbing off. Clean up was a breeze. For longer baked meats, the bags are a good idea and these Look bags are both sturdy and great to use. Inno-Labs is the US distributor for the Look bags and you can contact them if you are a wholesaler, or if like me, a consumer, look for them to come to a WalMart or Kroger near you.